Homemade hay feeder

SuperChemicalGirl

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We had a wire hay feeder that was causing (or allowing) the goats to waste an incredible amount of hay. Every week I'd pull up at least one big wheelbarrow full of wasted hay from the ground.

Boyfriend made this after hearing me complain about it multiple times. It has holes around it and underneath, but for some reason they're not wasting as much hay.

I open the top of it daily and stir it around, but the half a bale of hay I put in there a week ago is just now needing replacement!!!

I still think they're getting plenty of hay. I did throw a couple flakes in this week (when it was really cold) onto the ground for bedding, and I know they ate half of that, so it's hard to tell actual usage from the feeder, but I know the waste has been cut significantly.

 

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I like that. And you can wash it really good if need be.
I could even build that.
Hmmm
 

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That is clever use of a storage container. :thumbsup
 

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What a fantastic idea! I've been needing another hay feeder. I had an idea last year that I built but it hasn't gone as well as I hoped. First they kept knocking it over so I chained it to the ceiling but they still waste a lot of it.

Your idea solves all of those problems!!
 

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What diameter did you make the holes?

BTW, OP likely used a hole saw , which is attached to a drill.
 

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5 inch hole saw. If you have a Dremel and a coffee container and a sharpie though you'd probably be just fine. BF likes his toys.
 

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SuperChemicalGirl said:
5 inch hole saw. If you have a Dremel and a coffee container and a sharpie though you'd probably be just fine. BF likes his toys.
I like toys..... :D
 

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If anyone wants pictures of the inside, I can take some tomorrow. Let me know. It's held up with a 2x4 to the wall through the backing.
 

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